Sanders was helped off the field and appeared to be in significant pain after going down while running a route against air. An MRI confirmed the tear, leading the Broncos to place Sanders on injured reserve and claim wide receiver Andre Holmes off waivers, a day after he was cut by the Buffalo Bills.
Holmes, 30, had 12 catches for 157 yards in 12 games (three starts) with Buffalo this season. He played for Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave from 2015-16 with the Oakland Raiders.
Much of the receiving burden will be placed on rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton this week against the San Francisco 49ers and cornerback Richard Sherman. Demaryius Thomas was traded at the deadline in late October.
It is the third season-ending injury to a Broncos starter that occurred in practice this year, after tight end Jake Butt and guard Max Garcia each tore ACLs in practice. Joseph said Sanders' injury was unrelated to a heel injury he battled last week.
--Field Level Media
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